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    The Illusion of the Perfect Brain Enhancer

    Transcranial direct current stimulation has emerged as a promising advance in treating neurological disorders. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, and author of our most recent Cerebrum article, “The Illusion of the Perfect Brain Enhancer,” talks about its potential and pitfalls.

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    Cerebrum Book Review

    Alan Alda’s new book is a primer for neuroscientists who need to explain their research to the lay public. Reviewed for Cerebrum by Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D. 

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    Brain Awareness Week Sticker Design Contest

    Want to see your art on thousands of stickers? Design an original graphic capturing the spirit of Brain Awareness Week for a chance to see your creation become the new sticker for the 2018 campaign (March 12–18). The competition is open to the public worldwide, and creativity is encouraged! Enter by October 31 for a chance to win prizes.

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    Memoir by John Saunders Sheds Light on Depression

    In the introduction to Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope, sports broadcaster John Saunders writes that he wanted “to reach out to the millions of people, especially men, who think they’re alone and can’t ask for help” for mental issues. Read more about the new book on our blog.

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    'Exercise and the Brain' Wins Northwest Emmy Award

    Congratulations to executive producers Cara Podenski and Eric Chudler and the team at the University of Washington for their 2017 Northwest Emmy Award win for the program “Exercise and the Brain!” Hosted by Chudler, the video discusses the benefits of exercise on the brain and learning, and is part of the BrainWorks series, which aims to educate children about the wonders of neuroscience. The Dana Foundation partnered on this project.

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Top Stories

Tackling Schizophrenia’s Symptoms with TMS

by Kayt Sukel

Doctors using the neuro-modulation technique to help ease depression found an interesting side-effect: It seemed to reduce hallucinations in some subjects, as well. A follow-up study confirms this effect.

When a Defective Heart Damages the Brain

by Brenda Patoine

Daniel LichtCongenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect, can lead to significant, long-lasting cognitive deficits. Dana Foundation grantee Daniel Licht discusses his research on preventing such deficits, and how the timing of surgery may be key to improving outcomes.

Understanding Psychopathy

by Kayt Sukel

Research on college students and convicts suggests that the traits that make up the disorder exist in a spectrum across the population. Details on how people with psychopathy weigh the costs and benefits of lying as compared with others will help us better understand the disorder and could help find ways to stem its severity.

Structural Connectivity Sets the Stage for Later Reasoning Ability

by Kayt Sukel

New study suggests that the tighter two specific brain regions are woven together by white-matter tracts in childhood, the better one’s performance will be on a reasoning task in adulthood.

What’s in a Name?

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

Guy_McKhann_thmbMany teachers who work with children have learned that presenting material in small blocks, interspersed with other activities, even physical activities, leads to much better results. Our monthly column for Brain in the News.

Understanding Human Decision-Making: Neuroeconomics

by Paul W. Glimcher, Ph.D.

Paul_Glimcher_80In the past few decades, neuroscientists have made strides towards understanding where in the brain subjective value is represented and steps towards understanding how it is constructed. One in our series of Reports on Progress.


The Illusion of the Perfect Brain Enhancer

September 18, 2017

by Emiliano Santarnecchi, Ph.D., and Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.

 Cerebrum - article

Many questions loom over transcranial direct current stimulation. The authors examine its potential and pitfalls.

Events and Deadlines

Gut Feelings: Gut-Brain Crosstalk and Its Importance for Feeding Behavior and Metabolism


Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach

New York, NY

Music and Meaning – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience


Columbia University

New York, NY

International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

11/9/2017- 11/10/2017

International Neuroethics Society

Washington, DC

Merging Minds & Technology: Transform Classrooms with Robotics, Brain Science, and Virtual/Maker Spaces

11/10/2017- 11/12/2017

Learning & the Brain

Boston, MA

Featured Publication

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Featured Video

Neuroscience and Society: The Meditating Brain -- Sara Lazar, Ph.D., describes research into the effects of meditation on the brain during an event at AAAS in September. More videos from the event are on our YouTube channel.